According to several sources, 3 separate sexual assault cases that occurred within the Wilson County Schools (WCS) district were not reported to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) even though every teacher and administrator is a mandatory reporter.
Wilson County Schools policy states:
“Every Wilson County School employee is a mandated reporter under state law. Any person with reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused or neglected must, under the law, immediately report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or to local law enforcement. The reporter can remain anonymous. Failure to report abuse is a violation of the law and a Class A misdemeanor, carrying a sentence of up to three months imprisonment, a fine or both. Those who report and “act in good faith” are immune from any civil or criminal charges which may result. The reporter has the right to remain confidential and anonymous.”
One mother who spoke to The Tennessee Conservative told us that her elementary aged daughter was propositioned for sex by another child in the same grade in a restroom stall at the end of August. Her daughter was missing for more than half an hour and she wasn’t notified until 4 hours after the incident. She immediately went to the elementary school to pick up her child “because this was completely out of character and behavior for my daughter and I knew something wasn’t right.”
Once home, her daughter disclosed what had happened by writing it down on paper because she was very distressed by the events of the day. According to her daughter, the other child had arranged to meet her in a bathroom stall to engage in acts of a sexual nature. Her daughter proposed a game of Rock Paper Scissors hoping to win so that she could get out of doing anything inappropriate with the other child.